Want to start 3D printing and have a budget of less than $500? Here are the best 3D printers that you can buy.
Best 3D Printers Under $500
1. Creality Ender 5 Pro
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The Ender 5 Pro is the improved version of the Ender 5. The Pro version offers everything that the conventional Ender 5 has to offer – including the box-shaped frame – as well as useful upgrades worth around $60.
On the one hand, the Ender 5 Pro is equipped with a new V1.15 Silent Mainboard, which enables a quieter and more precise printing performance, as well as a heavy-duty metal extrusion unit, which guarantees a stable supply of the filament.
Another useful feature that comes with the new extruder mentioned above is the improved filament feed. The Ender 5 Pro is now equipped with a Capricon Bowden PTFE inlet.
Thanks to this high-end feed and the new feed system, the Creality Ender 5 Pro is better suited for printing with flexible filaments and other exotic materials.
2. Anycubic Mega X
Anycubic has taken its iconic i3 Mega and almost tripled its installation space. The printer itself is made of metal and is extremely robust. The two X-axis threaded rods and the two Y-axis rails ensure additional stability and thus an overall higher print quality, especially with tall 3D models. The printer also has Anycubics Ultrabase print bed
The printer is definitely not the cheapest in its category. Some features (such as WiFi connectivity and automatic bed leveling) and quieter coolers would have been nice … but at this price level that’s really asking a lot. Whining at a high level, so to speak. In other words: If you are looking for a large 3D printer for a small budget and don’t want to compromise on print quality, then the Anycubic Mega X is the perfect choice for you.
3. Artillery Sidewinder X1
The Artillery Sidewinder X1 is a tidy and well thought-out FDM 3D printer that offers interesting features for its relatively low price.
With a print volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm, a direct-drive extrudder and a Volcano-like hotend, the Sidewinder X1 should also cope well with more demanding filaments such as TPU. In addition, according to the manufacturer, the printer is quieter than many other printers with closed installation spaces, which we can confirm in our test of the Sidewinder.
Since the first version of the Sidewinder X1, Artillery has implemented many points of criticism from the community and, for example, replaced the glass print bed with an ultrabase.
The colored, user-friendly touchscreen enables easy operation of the many features, such as protection against power failures (the printer saves its current printing process in order to continue printing later.
4. Flashforge Adventurer 3
If you’re looking for a 3D printer with an easy-to-use design, the Flashforge Adventurer could be the one for you. A built-in filament cartridge recognizes the filament and automatically guides it; the cloud storage allows you to manage all of your STL files. With the built-in HD camera, you can even monitor your 3D model while you’re printing.